April '19 Release Notes
Download the April '19 Release Notes PDF (last updated October 11, 2019)
The April ’19 release notes describe all new features releasing from April 2019 through September 2019 for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform. Previews for some features will start in February 2019. You can either browse the release notes online or download the document as a PDF file.
April ’19 Release Overview
The April ’19 wave of releases for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform provides you with significant capabilities to transform your business.
These release notes describe functionality that may not have been released yet. Delivery timelines and projected functionality may change or may not ship (see Microsoft policy).
The enhancements to Dynamics 365 applications in the April ’19 release include hundreds of new capabilities across Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Portal, Field Service, Project Service Automation, Finance and Operations, Talent, Retail, and Business Central. We're adding a new set of mixed reality experiences using Microsoft Layout and Microsoft Remote Assist.
Microsoft Forms Pro is a brand new enterprise survey app built on top of Microsoft Forms and integrated with Dynamics 365 and Common Data Service for Apps.
The April '19 release delivers continued investments in artificial intelligence capabilities that leverage the power of Microsoft AI research, tools, data, and the Power Platform to help organizations transform customer service, sales, and marketing functions. Dynamics 365 Sales Insights provides actionable insights to drive personalized engagement and proactive decision-making. Dynamics 365 Market Insights enables business users to gather actionable insights based on what consumers say, seek, and feel about their brands and products. Dynamics 365 Customer Service Insights optimizes the customer experience through AI enhanced analysis.
The April '19 release introduces three brand new AI apps:
- Dynamics 365 Virtual Agent for Customer Service provides AI-powered chat bots to optimize the customer experience.
- Dynamics 365 Customer Insights enables every organization to unify and understand their customer data to harness it for intelligent insights and actions.
- Dynamics 365 Fraud Protection enables the e-commerce merchants to drive down fraud loss, increase bank acceptance rates to yield higher revenue, and improve the online shopping experience.
The April ’19 release signifies a key milestone for Dynamics 365. It is the first major update where all our customers across Dynamics 365 will be on the latest version and on a consistent update schedule. It is also a template of how major updates will be done going forward in April and October every year.
Here are the key dates for the April ’19 release.
|Release notes available||January 21, 2019||Learn about the new capabilities across Dynamics 365 and Power Platform.|
|Preview available||February 1, 2019||Try new capabilities in the April ’19 update before they are deployed in production. Learn more|
|Release notes updates||February 21, 2019||Updates to release notes with additional apps and capabilities.|
|Virtual launch event||April 2, 2019||Hear from James Phillips, Alysa Taylor, and the product leaders as they preview what’s new. Register now|
|General availability||April 5, 2019||April ’19 update available for production deployment. Learn more|
New Power Platform capabilities combine Power BI, PowerApps, Microsoft Flow, and Common Data Service for Apps into an unmatched palette of tools to extend, customize, and integrate Dynamics 365 and Office 365 into your environment. The April '19 release provides major improvements to enable business analysts and makers to build higher-quality reports, apps, and workflows more easily, while still supporting more advanced enterprise and administrator requirements.
Data Integration provides built-in connectivity to the Power Platform and more, with data across hundreds of business systems, enabling rich and intelligent experiences. The Common Data Model provides semantic consistency for canonical business entities across Dynamics 365 and Common Data Service for Apps, increasing value and saving time for application developers, ISV partners, and integrators.
We’ve done this work to help you—our partners, customers, and users—drive the digital transformation of your business on your terms. We’re looking forward to engaging with you as you put these new services and capabilities to work, and we’re eager to hear your feedback as you dig into the April ’19 release.
Japanese era update
On May 1, 2019, a new Japanese era and associated calendar will begin. Microsoft is making our April '19 wave of business applications ready to support the new Japan era in May. This includes Dynamics 365 applications, solutions, and Power Platform components, as well as regulatory features in these products and services for the Japanese market. Updates for new era support will be deployed in a similar way to other critical Dynamics 365 updates.